Boathouse Concerts  

Since 1992, Pam and Charlie Weber have hosted live music at Weber & Co., the warehouse where Charlie restores classic wood boats.  The Boathouse Concerts focus on traditional and contemporary folk music, as it often tells of a way of life that existed or is threatened with extinction – much like the historic waterfront artist colony at Fifth Avenue Point.  At the Boathouse, the audience enjoys an intimate  setting, shares homemade desserts and has an opportunity to meet and visit with the musicians.  In an age of stadium extravaganzas, with bands on oversized screens, ticket (and parking) prices equally oversized, Boathouse guests sit just feet away from the performers for a small donation, all of which is given to the entertainers.  This is an experience rarely available to inner city working residents.
For Performers

The Boathouse Concerts are produced by the Fifth Avenue Institute, which participates in a growing network of organizations providing “infill” bookings for small venue traveling performers (see and  The Institute also works with members of the Far-West regional chapter of the International Folk Alliance , which fosters and promotes traditional, contemporary and multi-cultural folk music, dance and related performing arts.  Additionally, the Institute Board members bring attention to acts playing at regional festivals, and invitations are extended with the message that an appreciative audience can be found at the Boathouse.
Concert Protocol

The Fifth Avenue Institute produces the Boathouse Concert Series as part of its mission to preserve artisan communities and encourage art and music in neighborhoods.  

Unless otherwise noted:

Doors open at 7 pm;  Performances begin at 8 pm.  
Donation of $20 goes to the musicians
Attendance by reservation only (over 18 only)
Guests are asked to bring a dessert, savory or beverage to share
There is always a barrel by the door for  the Food Bank

For further information about upcoming concerts, or inquiries about performing at the Boathouse, contact:
Boathouse Concerts

Future Boathouse Concerts
It's never too early to put music on your calendar!
Reservations:  boatwork@aol.
Keith Greeninger
January 18, 2014

We invited Keith to kick off our 2014 series, and he and long-time friend and
superb percussionist Jimmy Norris delivered!  We enjoyed all of Keith's new
songs, all of his stories and favorite signature numbers.  Sharon Allen joined
Keith for a few songs -- an unexpected and special treat.  The evening 
ended way too soon.  Whether he’s appearing with City Folk, Dayan Kai or solo, with nothing more than a guitar in hand and a song with a story to tell, Keith Greeninger is a performer not to be missed. 
Saturday, December 6, 2014  
Front Country
Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore
February 23, 2014 

Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore are favorites at the Boathouse. -- they 
bring a trunkful of ballads, jazz, blues, folk and onstage banter that cannot 
be matched.  They were accompanied by Eric Thurin on bass, and he
 added another dimension to vocal harmonies -- not to mention his 
wonderful bass on the jazz and blues! Their new CD, "Love Runner," is true to their live performance and a  great collection of Mollie and Rich's musical diversity.
Steve Smulian accompanied by Kerry Parker and Bob Hahn
April 19, 2014
Past Boathouse Concerts - 2014 and 2015
This was one great night a the boathouse!  We think a new trio is ready for the house concert circuit!  If you have a chance to hear them, do it!  This group of friends and superb musicians surprised us in such a good way.
Steve Smulian  has been singing all his life, and playing and studying the guitar since his early teens. In addition to writing his own songs and poetry, Steve has many friends who are extraordinary songwriters, and he enjoys sharing their songs with his audience.  The multitalented Kerry Parker (violin, octave violin, vocals) added so much to this group.  What a lovely contibution with wonderful violin.   Bob Hahn (on harps) ​could do no wrong.  He also played guitar and sang..  
David Francey
May 10, 2014
David Francey exceeded our expectations by a hundredfold!  We had heard him live at Kate Wolf and Fiddling Cricket venues, we had most of his CDs, but there was something special about his appearance at the Boathouse....   The music was as wonderful as we rememgered, but we somehow had forgotten about his magnificent sense of humor.  The audience loved him -- and he's now part of the Boathouse family.  Please hurry back, David!
Houston Jones
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Houston Jones hasn't lost its magic, and the high-octane Americana quintet 
brought their original repertoire that ranges from bluegrass and folk to blues 
and gospel. The band features Glenn Houston (lead acoustic and electric guitars, 
mandolin), Travis Jones (lead vocal, acoustic guitar), Henry Salvia (keyboard,
 accordion), Josh Zucker (standup bass), and Peter Tucker (drums).  The  concert was sold out to the rafters, but nobody complained.  We were energized by the upbeat, touched by the ballads, and Travis sent us home to "Heart of Gold," which took many of us back to Strawberry 2005.           

Steve Meckfessel
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Steve is one of those quiet ‘under the radar’ songwriters that when you 
‘discover’ him you think “lucky me! Everyone should know his beautiful 
songs!”        Claudia Russell

Steve Meckfessel delivered as promised -- new music from his soon-to-be-released CD, heartfelt stories that led to the music.  He's a poet/guitarist/singer-songwriter whose music is rich and deep and always touches the heart.  Steve has traveled thousands of miles, performing at house concerts, cafes and venues -- the Bluebird Café in Nashville, Sisters Folk Festival in Oregon, a sold-out performance at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. He has shared the stage with Johnsmith, Keith Greeninger, Claudia Russell, John R. Burr, Peter Andrews, Roger Feuer, Chris Kokesh, Jim Norris, Paul Olguin, Bob Hahn, Dayan Kai, Sylvia Herold and others.

Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Terri Hendrix is an award-winning Texas songwriter who spins sorrow
 into joy and wrings wisdom from the blues. A classically trained vocalist
 and deft multi-instrumentalist (guitar, mandolin and harmonica), she 
 has released more than a dozen albums on her own Wilory Records 
 label, dodging musical pigeonholes her entire career by weaving folk, 
 pop, country, blues and swinging jazz into an eclectic style all her own. 
 That playful mix of styles, buoyed by her energetic stage presence and 
 the accompaniment of legendary producer/guitarist Lloyd Maines, 
 makes for a highly energetic and spiritually uplifting live show in any setting, from intimate listening  rooms and theaters to festival stages. Visit Terri’s website:
Few people are as important to the development of Texas music over the last 30 years as Lloyd Maines. As a Grammy award-winning producer and musician, the Lubbock-born Maines has played an instrumental role in the creation of some of the Lone Star State's most famous and beloved albums. Over the past 40 years, Maines has worked on approximately four-thousand albums alongside some of the most significant figures in country, rock, and Texas music. To name a few: Rita Hosking, Terry Allen, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Robert Earl Keen, Jerry Jeff Walker, and the Waybacks. Lloyd was recently inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame (he maintains it was for "perfect attendance.").

Their performance at the Boathouse was high-energy, touching and fun.  If you EVER have a chance to see this delightful musical duo, don't miss them!

Coming out of the Bay Area’s red-hot roots music scene, Front 
Country joined an elite group when they became the third
 band ever to win both prestigious Band Competitions at 
RockyGrass (2012) and Telluride (2013). Having already 
performed with iconic artists like Peter Rowan, Laurie Lewis, Hot Club of Cowtown & Buttered Rum, Front Country has proved themselves to be a band to watch.

Lead by Jacob Groopman & Melody Walker (Chris Austin Songwriting Competition winner), this progressive California 6-piece is already making major waves in the world of Bluegrass and Americana music .With their unique arrangements, reimagined covers, strong bluesy vocals, and award-winning songwriting, they have put their own stamp on Americana music and quickly set themselves apart from the pack.

Upcoming Boathouse Concerts
Also Coming the Boathouse in 2015​

                         Saturday, June 6, 2015                                      
                      Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan
Just a few words about this concert -- Wow, wow, and wow!  This energetic and talented group rocked the Boathouse!  Do not pass up an opportunity to see this group!
Chris  Webster and Nina Gerber
January 17, 2015
What a terrific way to kick off 2015!  Long-time favorites at the Boathouse, Chris Webster and Nina Gerber are two of the most skilled and artful musical talents we know.  Webster's voice is uniquely compelling while Gerber's guitar is beautiful and powerful. Together they're magic. With originals, tasteful covers-soulful ballads, jazzy tunes and sweet folk Chris and Nina delivered  a great show.
California Honeydrops  
Sunday, March 1, 2015   (3:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

The California Honeydrops don’t just play music—they throw parties, and this was one of 
the best parties ever at the Boathouse!  Sold out to the rafters, our largest audience in our 
house concert history.  Drawing on diverse musical influences from Bay Area R&B, funk, 
Southern soul, Delta blues, and New Orleans second-line, the Honeydrops bring vibrant 
energy and infectious dance-party vibes to their live shows. They’ve taken the party all 
over the world: on their nine European tours, to featured slots at such premiere festivals as Monterey Jazz, High Sierra, and Outside Lands, and performances in 2013 supporting B.B. King, Dr. John, Buddy Guy, and Allen Toussaint. Whether in those high-profile performances or in more intimate venues where the band itself can leave the stage and get down on the dance floor, the California Honeydrops’ shared vision and purpose remain: to make the audience dance and sing. 

The Honeydrops have come a long way since guitarist and trumpeter Lech Wierzynkski and drummer Ben Malament started busking in an Oakland BART station, but the band has stayed true to that organic, street-level feel. With the additions of Johnny Bones on tenor sax and clarinet, Lorenzo Loera on keyboards, and Beau Bradbury on bass, they’ve built a powerful full-band sound to support Wierzynski’s vocals. 

Thank you, Honeydrops, for bringing your high energy performance to the Boathouse one more time!

Representing five generations in North America, Ronstadt Generations 
continues the family’s musical traditions with Michael J. Ronstadt and 
his sons, Michael G. and Petie. They present an exciting repertoire that 
preserves the traditional Southwestern and Mexican songs of their 
heritage while offering innovative original material. New compositions 
place them on the cutting edge of multiple, blended genres, stretching 
the boundaries of folk, blues, world, jazz and beyond.

Rich harmonies sung in English and Spanish are accompanied by outstanding cello and guitars. Individually and together, Stateside and across the pond, the trio’s worldwide touring and recording credits include such diverse artists as Linda Ronstadt, Los Lobos, Dixie Hummingbirds, David Bromberg, Nydia Rojas, Tish Hinojosa, Muriel Anderson, and Mariachi Vargas, to name a few.

In 2012 three veteran musicians – Alex Flores, Sam Eagon and Aaron Emery – came on board with versatile talents to form the six-piece ensemble Ronstadt Generations y Los Tucsonenses (the Tucsonans). First performing with Ronstadt Generations at a local Tucson gig, the sextet cemented the relationship with the recording Prelude. Alex, Sam and Aaron bring to the table a variety of experience and influences. Playing tenor saxophone, bass and drums, respectively, they add a colorful dimension to an already powerful presentation that respects tradition while exploring innovation.

Michael, Michael G. and Petie will be joined by Alex Flores on saxophone for this performance.  

A YouTube clip:
Women Across the River:

Saturday, April 11, 2015
Ronstadt Generations